THE WHO - QUADROPHENIA * CLASSIC RECORDS 2 x 200 GRAM PRESS * NM 9/10
Pete Townshend revisited the rock opera concept with another double-album opus, this time built around the story of a young mod's struggle to come of age in the mid-'60s. If anything, this was a more ambitious project than Tommy, given added weight by the fact that the Who weren't devising some fantasy but were re-examining the roots of their own birth in mod culture. In the end, there may have been too much weight, as Townshend tried to combine the story of a mixed-up mod named Jimmy with the examination of a four-way split personality (hence the title Quadrophenia), in turn meant to reflect the four conflicting personas at work within the Who itself. The concept might have ultimately been too obscure and confusing for a mass audience. But there's plenty of great music anyway, especially on "The Real Me," "The Punk Meets the Godfather," "I'm One," "Bell Boy," and "Love, Reign o'er Me." Some of Townshend's most direct, heartfelt writing is contained here, and production-wise it's a tour de force, with some of the most imaginative use of synthesizers on a rock record. Various members of the band griped endlessly about flaws in the mix, but really these will bug very few listeners, who in general will find this to be one of the Who's most powerful statements. (AMG)
A Note on Classic Records: Acclaimed reissue label specializing in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums; employs its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; masters its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually).
Classic used 180 gram vinyl until 2001. That year they switched to 180 gram "SV" (Super Vinyl) and added a sticker specifying the type of vinyl to all their LPs. They introduced 200 gram "Quiex SV-P" in July 2002. That was followed by "SV-P II" and, in 2008, "Clarity Vinyl." In the 2000s, they also introduced lower priced versions of many of their LPs, pressed from the same masters but on regular 150, 140, or 120 gram vinyl. Represses were always done on the latest vinyl formulation and can be dated by the sticker.
Classic also produced a line of gold CDs in the 1990s and then 24/96 HDAD digital disks. Mastering was typically done at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Grundman himself or Chris Bellman. Classic's assets were purchased by Acoustic Sounds in 2010. (DSC)
The Who – Quadrophenia
Label: Track Record – 2657 013, Classic Records – 2657 013
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, 200gm Quiex SV-P
Country: US Released: 28 Nov 2007
A1 I Am The Sea
A2 The Real Me
A4 Cut My Hair
A5 The Punk And The Godfather
B1 I'm One
B2 The Dirty Jobs Piano – Chris Stainton
B3 Helpless Dancer
B4 Is It In My Head Co-producer, Engineer – Glyn Johns
B5 I've Had Enough
C1 5:15 Piano – Chris Stainton
C2 Sea And Sand
C3 Drowned Piano – Chris Stainton
C4 Bell Boy
D1 Doctor Jimmy
D2 The Rock
D3 Love, Reign O'er Me Co-producer, Engineer – Glyn Johns
Pressed By – Bill Smith Custom Records
Bass, Horns, Vocals – John Entwistle
Composed By – Pete Townshend
Engineer – Ron Nevison
Lead Vocals – Roger Daltrey
Mastered By – Chris Bellman
Percussion, Vocals – Keith Moon
Producer – The Who
Producer [Pre-] – Kit Lambert
Classic Records pressing using Track artwork, with sticker declaring 200 gram Classic Records Quiex SV-P Handmade Super Vinyl Profile.
Besides the heavier weight, the disks lie flat without a raised edge, differentiating from the "Regular Weight" and "Heavy Weight" versions by Classic.
Matrix / Runout (Side 1): 2406-110-1-A
Matrix / Runout (Side 2): 2406-110-1-B
Matrix / Runout (Side 3): 2406-110-1-C
Matrix / Runout (Side 4): 2406-110-1-D
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